en·​large·​ment | \in-ˈlärj-mənt, en-\

Definition of enlargement 

1 : an act or instance of enlarging : the state of being enlarged

2 : a photographic print larger than the negative that is made by projecting the negative image through a lens onto a photographic printing surface

Examples of enlargement in a Sentence

Symptoms include enlargement of the lymph nodes. The plans call for an enlargement of the company's offices.

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It’s characterized by enlargement of the little bumps on the tongue called filiform papillae. Bartie Scott, Teen Vogue, "Black Hairy Tongue Is a Real Medical Diagnosis," 7 Sep. 2018 Another feature discovered by studying satellite imagery is the enlargement of an earthen berm near a missile test site. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Is North Korea's Nuclear Missile Sub Ready to Set Sail?," 19 Dec. 2016 The big department store was built in the late 1920s with an enlargement of the Arcade Building’s north half, the part facing Union Street, between First and Second avenues. Paul Dorpat, The Seattle Times, "The fate of the Rhodes Stores turned on a dime," 26 Oct. 2018 The naming agreement represents a blow to Moscow, which opposes NATO enlargement in the Balkans. Nektaria Stamouli, WSJ, "Russia Angers a European Friend, Greece," 19 July 2018 Its involvement has already spurred Brussels to revive dormant aims for enlargement. Steven Erlanger, New York Times, "In a New Cold War With Russia, Balkans Become a Testing Ground," 10 Apr. 2018 French President Emmanuel Macron has claimed real reforms are needed first to deepen and strengthen the European Union — before decisions on further enlargement. Julia Rone, Washington Post, "Bulgaria’s turn to lead the Council of the European Union just ended. How did things go?," 5 July 2018 But Britain has virtually no economic interests in the Balkans, and for Balkan countries Britain’s real importance in recent years has been as a champion of enlargement in Brussels. The Economist, "Thanks to Boris Johnson, a farcical west-Balkan summit in London," 11 July 2018 After puberty, when the long bones of the body are sealed, patients with acromegaly get bigger from soft-tissue enlargement but cannot grow taller. Lisa Sanders, New York Times, "The Patient Had Pain When He Walked, but There Was a More Telling Change," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of enlargement

1540, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of enlargement

: the act of making something larger or of becoming larger

: a larger copy of a photograph


en·​large·​ment | \in-ˈlärj-mənt \

Kids Definition of enlargement

1 : an act of making or growing larger

2 : the state of having been made or having grown larger

3 : a larger copy of a photograph


en·​large·​ment | \in-ˈlärj-mənt \

Medical Definition of enlargement 

: an act or instance of enlarging : the state of being enlarged enlargement of the heart

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